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Fr. James Martin has an interesting take on how this feast can still speak to us personally and as a church.
The chapel at a localparish had a relatively well attended morning Mass for the solemnity.
I tend to agree with Fr Martin about how this solemnity is viewed as “out of date” and old fashioned. Kinda like the traditional painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the multi color beams shooting out. We’ve seen that one on holy cards. The chapel where I attended mass has a large litho of it too.
But, this solemnity goes to the core of who our God is. He came as a both God and man. His heart is all love for us.
I often lament the lack of focus and awareness on of the vast spiriutual bounty of the Catholic Church. Solemnities such as today give us an opportunity to unite ourselves again and again to our God. I do very much pray for more reverence and remembrance of what we have as Catholics. I believe if we truly celebrate the richness, much of the passion that has been lost to the faith would return.
Tomorrow is the memorial to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let’s make an especial effort to go to Mary and ask her to lead us to her Son.
thank u…what a beautiful prayer. “Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the world have mercy on me”
OK everybody, say a prayer for our Deacon Mick Kelly, who tomorrow afternoon you may begin addressing as Father Mick Kelly.
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Ref. Fr. Jim’s item: Having been in management, I can sympathize with those who may have doubted St. Margaret’s visions. If one where to come up to you and say you had visions, what would you have though?. More then likely, one would like to have a quick retreat away from that person, that you might be embarrassed in associating with “someone” like “that”. Secondly if someone in your family started having “visions”, I would say most people would like to keep it quiet, for fear of embarrassing the family, or convent. The last might be fear that people will use the “visions” to attack (and it still goes on) the Church or ridicule it. So one has to proceed with caution, knowing that if this is what God wants, it will be.
Even Fr. Martin’s item, seems to have been used by some, to continually use the sex abuse scandal (and it was/is a scandal). Some have said the Pope must apologize. He has and that’s still not enough. I wonder if St. Peter arose from the dead a apologized, if that would be enough. I see the terms “narcissism and grandiosity”, used. Seems they could be used by most of the people one sees on TV, or in the news. It’s also ironic that in the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s, it seems “psychologists and psychiatrists” were saying pedophiles could be cured. Now it’s a 180 degree.
Anyway it was a interesting note about St. Margaret. We say it at Mass every 1st Fri.
I wish the Feast of the Sacred Heart were somehow more clearly marked in the Breviary. I missed it and celebrated the Feast of St. Barnabas instead!
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